Nat’l museum shows oldest proof of hominin existence in PH

The National Museum has announced the publication of the article titled “Earliest known hominin activity in the Philippines by 709,000 years ago” in the May 10, 2018 issue of the journal Nature. In a press briefing on Thursday, National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) Director Jeremy Robert Barns discussed the details of the article which presented the oldest evidence for the occupation of hominins — species generally of the genus Homo including Homo Sapiens or modern humans — in the Philippines. Barns said the article “relates the discovery of an…

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Catholics slam Met Gala’s religious-inspired outfits as ‘blasphemous’

The theme of Monday night’s Met Gala, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” served up a whole procession of looks inspired by the church. Rihanna channeled the Pope, Katy Perry donned angel wings, and Sarah Jessica Parker had an entire nativity scene perched on her head. For fashion fans, it was a smorgasbord of over-the-top eye candy and designer creativity. For many Catholics, however, it was “blasphemy.” Although quite a few former Catholic schoolgirls — including Madonna and Kim Kardashian — were among those dripping in crucifixes and other…

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Kim Jong Un expresses confidence in summit with Trump: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed his confidence that the upcoming summit with US President Donald Trump would be a historic one. The summit would be an excellent first step toward promoting the positive development of situation on the Korean Peninsula and building a good future, Kim said during his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Kim highly appreciated that Trump showed deep interest in settling the issue on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue, the news agency…

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Aquino, et al. face plunder rap over Dengvaxia

A plunder complaint has been filed at the Office of the Ombudsman against former President Benigno S. Aquino III as well as some members of his Cabinet for allegedly misusing public funds in the purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine, which has been used in the government’s national anti-dengue immunization program. In a 46-page complaint, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) through its Legal Committee Chairman, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, and Citizens Crime Watch Association, Inc. (CCW) national president Diego Magpantay accused Aquino and other officials during his administration of benefitting from…

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Prince Khalifa assures OFW protection in Bahrain

Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, expressed his appreciation for the contributions of Filipinos to the development of Bahrain and relayed his continuing assurances of Bahrain’s protection of Filipino workers’ rights in Bahrain. The Prime Minister made this known to the Philippine delegation headed by Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola and Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso A. Ver. The Philippine delegation conveyed President Rodrigo Duterte’s gratitude for the hospitality extended by the Kingdom of…

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Revamped Celtics hope they’ve closed gap with new-look Cavs

The day after one of the most memorable seasons in Boston Celtics history ended last spring — and that’s saying something, considering it was one in which the Celtics didn’t raise a title banner — Boston players gathered at the team’s training facility, where one question hovered like a fog amid the 17 banners that ring the practice floor. How could the Celtics close the gap with the Cleveland Cavaliers? As enthralling as Boston’s season was, spearheaded by a 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas transforming himself into an All-NBA player before a…

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CamSur voters to PET: Don’t disenfranchise us

Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo from Camarines Sur urged the Supreme Court, which is also sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to uphold the 25 percent shading threshold in determining the validity of votes in the vice presidential race during the 2016 national elections. President of Batutilan Bicol Trinity Mayor and Atty. Leni G. Robredo Volunteers (ALEGRO) member Irene Sacbibit called on PET to reconsider its earlier decision and allow the use of the 25-percent threshold to avoid the massive disenfranchisement of votes. Mayor and Sacbibit on Wednesday submitted…

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Meralco spoils Standhardinger’s PBA debut with win vs SMB

Chris Standhardinger of San Miguel Beermen finally arrived in the PBA. The Meralco Bolts, however, had other plans. The Bolts shut down the Beermen down the stretch to take a 93-85 win in the main game of the Commissioner’s Cup doubleheader at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Wednesday night. It was a battle of quarter-long dominance as both clubs took control for the most part of each frame, but it was Meralco that reigned in the quarter that matters the most, outscoring SMB, 28-17, in the…

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